Comment: Grackles are some of my favorite birds. They are a boisterous and prideful group. As you mention, they may not be cuddlesome, for they are the Party Birds of the bird kingdom. The big shiny, black male birds (with their iridescent feathers glittering in the sun) remind me of a New York or Boston construction crew: whistling loudly and preening as each lovely, brass-chested female strolls by. And no one can fail to be amused when they start up their "Party time!" hoots, caws, clacks and "Yeehaw" noises.